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AML Industry News: Iyanya Gives Back, Tyler the Creator Arrested at SXSW Festival, Beats Music Set to Overtake Spotify, Pandora?, Jennifer Hudson Calls it Quits with WeightWatchers, Phyno Releases Album Tracklist!


Supporting Society: Iyanya Set To Launch the ‘Iyanya Foundation’

Former Project Fame winner and Popular Nigerian Musician, Iyanya Mbuk has announced that he will be launching his charity organization called ‘The Iyanya Foundation,’ and it will be focused on catering to orphans and the less priviledged members of the society. Being an orphan himself, he hopes to use the NGO to help orphans across the country.
He put up the above picture on his instagram a couple of days ago and his caption read, “‘i’m one of the very few orphans that had the opportunity to become great and influential in the society through my music and with MTN giving me the platform through project fame.Not every talented boy/girl on the street today will be as fortunate as Iyanya. Through this foundation, our drive is to help and establish as many orphans and less priviledged ones on the street.”

Tyler The Creator Living up to his ‘image’ ? Rapper gets Arrested at SXSW Festival

Tyler the Creator23 year old American rapper, producer and actor Tyler the Creator was arrested, over the weekend,  at Austin, Texas for allegedly inciting a riot at the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival.

It was reported that the rapper told the crowd waiting outside the gate to get in the venue, to PUSH their way through the employees controlling the gate and enter the venue which was already at a full capacity. According to the police, Tyler encouraged behaviour causing an immediate danger and injury to persons.

He was arrested without incident on a misdeameanor riot charge with a bond set at USD3,500. You will recall that ‘Odd Future’ a group of which he is part of, was banned in FEBRUARY 2014 from performing at Eminem’s concert because immigration officials deemed them to be a potential threat to public order and public interest.


Beats MusicBeats Music, the creator of the most popular music headphones has launched a music streaming service and app that they hope will take on other similar streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and more.

What apparently makes Beats’ app unique is its recommendations of new music you might like from its sea of playlists created by artists and celebrities. Using the service and app gives you an option of cruising for hours through celeb playlists like Diddy’s, Bruce Springsteen’s and Britney Spear’s work out mix. Also, you can get your own customized recommendations based on genres and artists you like.

Perhaps what most people in music have added as a plus in reviews for the app is that it seems to be the most royalty-friendly app for the artists.

So now the question on everyone’s mind is, can Beats music take over from the other existing music streaming services and come out on top? I guess we will just have to wait and see.


After 4 years of being an ambassador for Weight Watchers, an international company that provides products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance, American Idol finalist, singer, and songwriter Jennifer Hudson is no longer the company’s ambassador.

While talking about the end of the official partnership with weight watchers, who she has to thank for her incredible and dramatic weight loss, Hudson tells E news! that her experience with Weight Watchers has been truly life changing; and that she has chosen to step away from her role as an ambassador.

PHYNO releases track list for his Debut Album

Azubuike Chibuzor popularly known as Phyno is set to release his debut album in a couple of days and many industry heads, fans and  AML readers are definitely anticipating his album.

The popular rapper and producer who has become quite a sensation in the past couple of months in the Nigerian music industry has released the Tracklist to his highly anticipated debut album titled , ‘No Guts Phyno NO GUTS NO GLORYNo Glory’.

The 19 track album features collaborations with industry favourites like P-Square, Omawumi, Olamide, Flavour, Ice Prince to name a few. Considering that Phyno has made rapping in Igbo language cool and a lot of people want to learn the language just from listening to his songs, we cannot wait to hear what the ‘Man of the Year’ has to offer with this album.

-Ojonoka Agudah

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Ojonoka Agudah

Ms. Ojonoka Agudah is an attorney licensed to practice law in Nigeria, West Africa, whose practice area focuses on Intellectual Property, Sports and Entertainment Law. A 2012 graduate of the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja, Agudah is also an Africa Music Law™ intern. Her articles will appear on Mondays and Wednesdays, now until May 2014. Comments and feedback on her articles are encouraged and highly welcomed.

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